PREMIERE Co-production "Slugs' Garden" by Fabián Barba
Slugs' garden is an immersive space for tactile contemplation. It's a habitat to be calmly dwelled in, a playground of subtle sensations. It’s an intimate context in which we can consider our relation to our surroundings - to other people and other objects - and let it morph, unintendedly.
slugs' garden is also the time we give ourselves to just be there; a time of doing nothing, or very little. It's the time to let us experience minute events of seemingly no consequence. Have you ever surprised yourself playing with a piece of paper that your fingers found laying somewhere? This is the time to let those small gestures mushroom to the centre of our attention, and become the core events of a meaningless universe full of sense.
Like a garden, it's a space to spend some quiet time, having nothing to do or think about in particular. This slugs' garden is there to be inhabited and to be played with; an exploration of the space, a hand slowly sliding over a shoulder, an experience of time. It's to wear no shoes. It's where things grow. It's when we cultivate our interest on insignificant incidents. Here we don't walk, we don't skip. Here we take the time to touch our environment, and to caress it, centimetre by centimetre. We slide through it slowly, with no specific intention, wandering without plans, having no goal to achieve.
It is a time we take to grow into slugs. It's a slug farm. It's a slug culture.
Research, concept: Fabian Barba, Esteban Donoso
With the collaboration of: Josh T. Franko, Tuur Marinus, Marisa Cabal, Gabriel Schenker, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Thomas Hauert, Samantha Van Wissen, Sarah Ludi
Executive production: Caravan Production
Co-production: deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus (Antwerpen, BE), Workspacebrussels (Brussel, BE)
With the support of: the Flemish Government, Decolonial Summer Course / Roosevelt University College (Middelburg, NL)
Thanks to: Frédérick Denis, Chevalier-Masson